Russia, satellite shows new nuclear missile tests?
The site was dismantled in 2018
According to reports yesterday, Tuesday October 20, 2020, by the broadcaster "CNN", Russia would be ready to return to test its previously dismantled nuclear-powered missile near the North Pole. Several experts have examined a series of satellite images that would leave no room for doubt (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). In particular, peaks of activity were detected at the site of the Arctic Circle which is better known as “Pankovo”; it was in this area that the “Burevestnik” missile was tested, which appeared to have been on standby since 2018. The dismantling had been announced by official sources, even if the new photographs would be eloquent.
Experts noted the rebuilt launch pad and many sea containers. One of the last test launches dates back to November 2017, while the following ones were all judged as "unsuccessful". At the very beginning of this October, Moscow announced the successful launch of a hypersonic missile from a naval base in the Baltic Sea (see AVIONEWS), while two days ago the defense ministry published a video informing about the launch of “Oniks” missiles in the Arctic. The satellite images were analyzed just as Washington and Moscow are working to extend the new “Start” treaty, a key arms control agreement that will expire in the coming months.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency